Science Fiction & Fantasy

Shadows of Askargaard

Category:Science Fiction & Fantasy

Author:Kevin Nichols

  • Publisher: Independent
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2023
  • Number of Pages: 294
  • ASIN: B0BQ2R2Q3N

In Shadows of Askargaard: The Last Falcon, Kevin Nichols crafts an enthralling tale of courage and redemption while exploring the conflict between light and darkness. Set in the aftermath of a decisive victory, the story plunges readers back into a world where shadows lurk and heroes are forged in the crucible of adversity. At the heart of the narrative is Cartyr “Pug,” Bastille, a young squire burdened by past failures and haunted by the weight of newfound responsibilities. Pug's journey becomes a quest for identity and purpose when fate thrusts upon him the legacy of the Falcons and a legendary axe. As he navigates the treacherous landscape of Benediction, grappling with his inner demons and external adversaries, Pug's evolution from reluctant hero to stalwart defender is poignant and compelling. Accompanying Pug on his odyssey is a cast of vibrant characters, each dealing with their struggles and secrets. From the enigmatic druidess Aroura to the steadfast companionship of Weasel and Nikita, Nichols creates a world of alliances and betrayals that make the story unpredictable. As alliances shift and loyalties are tested, the true nature of heroism is revealed in moments of sacrifice and solidarity.

The plot unfolds relentlessly, propelled by exhilarating action sequences and unexpected twists. From the chaotic streets of Varahallas' Lightsworn to the dangerous waters of the high seas, each setting vividly immerses readers in a world teetering on the brink of chaos. As Cartyr and his companions confront pirates, mages, and ancient foes, the stakes escalate to a breathtaking climax that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Yet, amidst the battles and betrayals, Shadows of Askargaard is ultimately a story of hope and resilience filled with tender moments. When Cartyr returns to the one place he has sown never to be, the woman he has always loved meets her in a moment that will warm the hearts of readers: “The girl Cartyr had loved since he was a boy, long before he even understood what love was, stood silently as a cold tear ran down her dirty face while her lips curled into a brave broken smile.” Through the trials and tribulations of the characters, Nichols reminds readers that even in the darkest times, the light of courage and compassion can still shine through. With richly drawn characters, pulse-pounding action, and thought-provoking themes, Shadows of Askargaard: The Last Falcon is a must-read for fans of epic fantasy.

Reviewed By: Bertin Drizller

Reviewed Date: April 8, 2024

Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy

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